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Raiders’ coach Dennis Allen identifies the bright spots in 10-6 loss to Minnesota Vikings in preseason opener

Coach Dennis Allen acknowledged Saturday the Raiders had better get used to the way games will be officiated this season but saw enough good things in a 10-6 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings to be encouraged.

“The penalties were the biggest thing we had to deal with, and a couple of those things at this year’s points of emphasis with defensive holding or illegal contact downfield,’’ Allen said in a conference call with local reporters.

A facemask penalty on Brian Leonhardt also fell into that category, Allen said.

“I don’t know that in the past you would see some of these things called, but with the rules and points of emphasis, we’re going to see those things,’’ Allen said. “It was good for us to get out, play a game and see how officials are going to call those things.’’

The Raiders finished with 13 penalties for 94 yards, including five pre-snap penalties. The offenders were Menelik Watson (false start), Pat Sims (neutral zone infraction), Tony Bergstrom (two false starts) and Erle Ladson (false start).

Allen said positives from the loss included the running game and the pass rush.

Darren McFadden ran 23 yards on his only carry, Maurice Jones-Drew had two carries for 10 yards (not including a 7-yard run called back by penalty) and Latavius Murray had seven carries for 28 yards.

“I think we’re going to have an effective run game,’’ Allen said. “You saw some good things up front with guys being able to move people off the ball.’’

Defensively, the Raiders sacked starting quarterback Matt Cassel once, backup Teddy Bridgewater twice and third-string quarterback Christian Ponder three times.

Allen said he was “not displeased’’ with the performance of starting quarterback Matt Schaub, noting three potential first down passes that were dropped. Schaub was 3 of 7 for 21 yards.

“We obviously need to play better and be more consistent, but there were things to build on,’’ Allen said.

Allen said getting rookie quarterback Derek Carr work with the first team was “not part of the plan right now.’’

Rookie starting strong side linebacker Khalil Mack, Allen said, was able to cause “disruption’’ on a couple of pass rushes but overall “ I think you saw a guy playing in his first NFL game.’’
Rookies who flashed at Allen with solid play included defensive end Shelby Harris and cornerback T.J. Carrie. Both are seventh-round picks who look as if they will not only make the 53-man roster but potentially make a contribution sooner rather than later.

– Other than defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), the only other player to come out of the game injured was safety Jansen Watson with a toe injury of undetermined severity.

– The Raiders took Saturday of and return to practice Sunday at 3 p.m. They break training camp with a Monday morning practice then travel to Oxnard to practice against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday (4 p.m.) and Wednesday (9 a.m.)

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  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Only Cork?

  • PlunkforHOF

    I need to learn to play slide with my pinkie. Always use my ring finger.

  • marks hair

    No.. Títs

  • SaintKaufman

    It should be replayed at some point. Set your DVR, or not. First team offense played 3 series, first team D gave up a TD on the first drive but they needed some penalties and an awesome 1 handed catch by Patterson on 3rd down to get it done.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Looks aggressive. Might be a quick study.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Never got good at it. Almost when Ihad a pig of a Mustang that wasn’t worth much more effort.

  • Raider O

    What’s up Amigo?
    Hope is wasted on this staff. We have good talent to build around. Solid DL, good LBs, and I like Carr, but he didn’t look sharp.

  • SaintKaufman

    I just could never keep the string buzz noise under control. Prolly all that distortion I like! :)

  • RediaR

    So he will be used to drop key first downs?

    JK JK

    Darlin’, refill my Koolaid, please!

  • Blackholepriest

    Ok! I was ready to break the panic button jumping up and down on it.

  • JV.

    Ouch!

  • PlunkforHOF

    I don’t play slide flash like that. Always preferred the Pink Floyd style.

  • Raider O

    Shelby Harris looked good too.

  • Miamiraider78

    Why would he let anyone in on that? Just do it and keep that from the rest of the teams on your schedule?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Or Keith Richards

  • SaintKaufman

    Maybe I should be using bottles??

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvjVGh0jmzY

  • JV.

    Tafur asked if Reece could possibly switch to TE.

  • SaintKaufman

    Lap style?

  • marks hair

    This team has holes.. why the fúck did Fathead sit on 14 mil?.. smh

  • RediaR

    Pretty much what I was going to say.

  • PlunkforHOF

    No, just slower, more melodic. Don’t practice it like I should. Sometimes play in open tunings, sometimes not.

  • Raider O

    You would think a HC that wants vanilla offense/ defense in preseason will not want to share his plans for one of the best players on his offense.

  • Gdog

    Everybody BUT Reggie’s mercenaries so far…

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Coach up young talent? I’m all in

  • FourMoreYears

    New post snitches.

  • Miamiraider78

    I recorded the game but I’m afraid to watch it, especially after all the comments I’ve read in here! Lol

  • J Hill

    Right?

  • J Hill

    So you think teams were game planning for Reece to be on the line next to Penn knocking fools off the line?

  • Raider O

    It drives me crazy bro. Use this guy like he pats used Hernandez.

  • SaintKaufman

    Lotta drops and penalties.

  • Raider O

    No. Has he been doing that?

  • the super genius dr robert

    and that’s what i was gonna say.

  • RediaR

    Okay… this is Reggie’s team. If any of the players perform at this point, he gets credit. He also gets blame if they don’t. Dividing the roster into “Reggie’s mercenaries” and “Reggie’s clay pigeons” is REALLY fvcking pointless and stupid.

  • Thec

    New post Raiders…

  • RediaR

    There is ZERO incentive for either DA or Reggie to do anything but start the best players.

  • Gdog

    I dunno. I have never noticed the best players earning starting time with DA. Ross had nearly 1000 snaps last year. While Young rode the pines…

  • the super genius dr robert

    why is it so freaking hard to comprehend for u?

    the cap space was needed to create an entire team of vets which we didn’t have.

    if we get a couple guys that we overpay, then we are stuck with the louis nixes of the world.

    are u really this dense?

  • Gdog

    Maybe the point is it seems entirely random? Explain Ross’s 1000 snaps last year, fer instance?

  • the super genius dr robert

    backup who played cuz the starter was hurt.

    that was really easy.

  • Gdog

    While Young sat the pine while outplaying Ross every second.

    You suck at this…

  • Gdog

    I could see Ross with 500 snaps, and Young 450 or something. Ross was one of the worst players in the NFL last year, and never sat the bench.

    It all seems random.

    I can see Chekwa CUT as easily as starting this year.

  • Blackholepriest

    Outside chance but that’s it. DA does not honor true competition. He plays favorites too much and it causes this team to not totally trust him.

  • Gdog

    It reminds me of a HS coach that all the players (and their parents) complain about. Nothing makes any sense. Maybe why all our good players bail when their contracts are up…

  • Blackholepriest

    That kid can play I’m not sure why he’s not being looked at seriously as a starter.

    Was very impressed with his get-off.

  • Blackholepriest

    Exact-a-mundo!
    Ding ding ding! this man gets the prize….

  • Blackholepriest

    Haven’t you heard??

    We need cap space to say we have cleaned up the cap. That way Reggie can look good at least in that area. What else does he have?

    Has no clue how to build a team or hire a competent coach if he did build it. So cap space is it!

  • the super genius dr robert

    umm, young was also hurt and played in only 12 games last year.

    so, it’s actually YOU who sucks at this.

    i mean i prove u wrong so often, why do u even try me?

  • Scourge of the East

    Dunno, SAR, mebbe he had to pick up and move or a reason to go low profile. *shrug* Miss his wit though.

  • The Florida Pete

    it’s way more than 300…
    each day that goes by where he does not fire DA is a mistake…

  • FJTBONE

    Silver lining? It’s only the preseason!